Some Liverpool fans suggested that bit-part defender Nathaniel Phillips should start against Everton on Saturday.
The 23-year-old has been ushered into the first-team setup at Anfield this season on the back of the club’s cataclysmic injury crisis, with all three of the Reds’ established centre-backs out with season-ending injuries.
Manager Jurgen Klopp admitted back in October that Phillips was almost sold before the season kicked into gear. His situation would have been far worse had he done so.
In the limited game-time he has spent on the pitch (just 495 minutes of Premier League football and five starts all season), the 6 foot 2 defender has managed to average 4.5 clearances, complete three long balls and, most importantly, win 5.2 aerial duels (Whoscored).
Who should be the centre-back pairing against Everton?
Kabak and Henderson
Phillips and Henderson
The latter was the critical statistic in the debate that Grizz started on Twitter, after asking the question who should be the centre-back pairing for the weekend’s crucial encounter.
Phillips wins the Kop vote
“Davies is as good as Hendo in the air so Phillips would be the better choice”
“Would prefer nat partnering Kabak”
“Phillips would be a good option. Hendo can’t deal with the aerial threat.”
“Phillips and Kabak. Put the skipper in MF”
“Kobak and Philips at the back and have Hendo as a CDM could drop back between the CBs if required”
“Phillips would be a good shout to counter that threat”
“Get phillips in, i don’t understand why henderson play ahead of him as cb. I reckon Phillips has been superb”
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